1551 · Venetiis
Sole Aldine edition of Conti's four-part poem on => hunting and also the first edition overall; it enjoyed considerable success during the author's lifetime (1520–82) and was incorporated in many editions of his Mythologiae (first edition, 1567). The five pages of the final four leaves contain the scholia of the polymath Girolamo Ruscelli (c.1500–66), who was also a versifier of talent.
Conti, a Humanist and historian, is now best remembered as a mythographer who believed that the Classical presenters of myths meant them to be read as allegory.
Binding: 19th-century crushed midnight blue morocco, round spine with four raised bands forming five spine compartments, four of which are further defined by a single gilt rule on four sides and have each a gilt floral device in the center; each band accented with gilt beading. Author and title gilt in the fifth compartment and at base of bottom compartment, in gilt, place and date of publication. Both boards with a simple gilt triple-fillet border, board edges with a single gilt fillet, turn-ins gilt-tooled with an intricate roll. Endpapers of a French combed-up pattern.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Renouard opines: "Mince volume devenu rare.
EDIT 16 CNCE 13162; Index Aurel. 144.003; Renouard, Alde, 152:14; Adams C2431; UCLA, Aldine Press: Catalogue of the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection (2001), 405; Kallendorf & Wells, Aldine Press Books, 348; Ebert, Allgemeines bibliographisches Lexikon, 5036; Schwerdt, I, 118. Binding as above. => A very nice copy in all respects. (Inventory #: 37914)